Support the best Fire and Security students and apprentices

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The finest young talent in the Fire and Security industry are set to be recognised on a national stage next year at the UK’s largest skills competition.

WorldSkills UK LIVE has announced it will pilot the first Fire and Security competition at the event, to be held in the NEC Arena in Birmingham in November 2019.

The competition sees over 500 of the best students and apprentices from across the country compete in numerous vocational skills to be named the best at their skill in the UK. Taking place in front of 70,000 spectators, the competition offers a huge platform for those making their first steps in the industry.

The competition will be the final stage of a series of regional competitions held by leading training providers and colleges from across the UK, including this year’s second highest performing institution at the competition, New College Lanarkshire. Banham Academy, Hopwood College, Belfast Met and South Eastern Regional College have also pledged to host regional competitions to find the most talented in the industry for WorldSkills and IFSEC’s Engineers of Tomorrow competitions.

David Scott, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Electronic Fire and Security at New College Lanarkshire and leader of the WorldSkills Fire and Security group, said: “We are calling for support from industry partners to support the new WorldSkills competition, which will ensure the continued sustainability of the Fire and Security industry.

“We already have the support from a number of manufacturers and employers, including Texecom, CSL, Tavcom, EFT Group ltd, Engineers of Tomorrow Stakeholder group and IFSEC (UBM), and we are now calling on more to help us ensure we have the required support to hold a successful competition.

“This is a first time opportunity for our industry to be recognised on a national and international stage as a leading trade alongside the likes of electrical, joinery, plumbing and automotive.

“There is currently a skills shortage within the electronic fire and security industry, with many companies having difficulty recruiting both engineers and even young apprentices.

“This move into WorldSkills will help break down barriers in recruiting new young talent into the industry.”

Interested in finding out how to become a sponsor or the many benefits with being involved at WorldSkills? Contact David Scott (david.scott@nclan.ac.uk/07808 218 265) for information on how you could support the finest fire and security talent.

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